Char Dham Tour
Char Dham Tour, Uttarakhand
The char dham is defined by the Pandavas in Mahabharata as "Badrinath" , "Kedarnath" , "Gangotri" and "yamunotri" to get rid of their sins. Char Dham as defined in modern days (literally: 'the four abodes/seats') are the names of four pilgrimage sites in India that are widely revered by Hindus. It comprises Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram. It is considered highly sacred by Hindus to visit Char Dham during one's lifetime. The Char Dham defined by Adi Shankaracharya consists of four Vaishnavite pilgrimages.
The ancient pilgrimages sites in the Indian state of Uttarakhand viz. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath were known as Chota Char Dham to differentiate them from the bigger circuit of Char Dham sites. Places of Chota char dham are located in the state of Uttarakhand in India.
Chota Char Dham Yatra is one the most popular pilgrimage route, with millions of devotees paying homage to all these religious places in aspiration of eliminates all sins and to attain salvation by the blessings of the Lord. Every Year More than 250,000 pilgrims visit Chota Chardham from various parts of India. Places are also growing popular among foriegn tourists, who are blessed to see the heavenly natural beauty and Himalayas with a chance to know more about culture of India.
CharDhams of Uttarakand can be covered in one strech in a matter of 10-11 days. Nowdays, you can also get helicopter services to visit CharDham in just 2 days.
Due to Picturesque surroundings, high altitude mountain region (Himalayas), dense forests, large valleys and enthralling environment gives an opportunity to visitors to unwind themselves by breathing fresh air with experience of majestic locations.
11 Night & 12 Days
Places Covered: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath
24 Kms. from Haridwar, located in the laps of lower Himalayas, and is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it. The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation. There are many temples-some ancient, some new along the river Ganges. Rishikesh is important not only as pilgrimage centre closely associated with the Ramayana, but also as home for many important centres of Hindu religious thought and spirituality, and as a very great Yoga Centre. There are many ashrams and Yoga institutes here. Rishikesh is also the gateway and the start-off point for journeys to important religious places like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Overnight at Hrishikesh.
Rishikesh – Barkot(170 Kms )
After early breakfast go for local Visit Ramjhula, Laxmanjhula & Swargaashram, after early Lunch drive to Barkot via Dehradun – Mussoorie En- route visit Kempty fall, reach Barkot by late evening.
Overnight at Barkot.
Barkot – Jankichatti – Yamunatri– Barkot (50 Kms drive & 6 Kms.one way trek)
After an early breakfast proceed to Yamunotri drive up to Jankichatti then 6 kms Trek (One way) to Yamunotri, here one can cook rice by packing it in a cloth and dipping it in the hot water of the hot kund. Pilgrims take this cooked rice home as “Prasad”. Here near the temple “Pooja” can be offered to Divya Shila, after taking bath in Jamunabai Kund and having “Darshan” of “Yamunaji”. Return back to Jankichatti after Lunch drive back to Barkot.
Overnight at Barkot.
Visit: Yamunotri , Suria kund & Divya shila:
Barkot – Uttarkashi (100 Kms.)
After breakfast drive 100 kms to Reach Uttarkashi, visit Kashi Vishwanath Tempe before Lunch & evening free for Relax. Dinner & overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
Uttarkashi – Gangotri– Uttarkashi (90 Kms drive one way)
After breakfast leave for Gangotri early in the morning. Post offering Pooja & Darshan at Gangotri Temple, drive back to Uttarkashi, En-route Lunch will be served.
Overnight at Uttarkashi.
Uttarkashi – Guptkashi (235 Kms. Drive)
After Early breakfast leave for almost day long drive to Guptkashi. After en-route Lunch sightseen of the Tehri Dam (The Hydro Electric Project.) reach Guptkashi by late evening.
Overnight at Guptkashi.
Guptkashi – Kedarnath – Guptkashi (Same day Return by Helicopter)
After early breakfast leave by vehicle up to Helipad as per the reporting time, Packed Lunch will be given, do boarding formalities & wait here for your time slot, on arrival at Kedarnath perform early Pooja & Darshan at Temple & come back to Helipad to take return flight to Guptkashi.
Overnight at Guptkashi.
Guptkashi – Pipalkoti (164 Kms drive – 06/07 hrs. )
After breakfast leave for Pipalkoti, on arrival at Pipalkoti check in to hotel, Lunch at Hotel evening free for Relax.
Overnight at Pipalkoti.
Pipalkoti – Badrinath (80 Kms drive- 03 hrs. )
After Breakfast leave for Badrinath En-route visit Narsingh Temple, and Adi Shankracharya Samadhi at Joshimath, then drive to Badrinath. On arrival check in to hotel, after Lunch visit Vyas Cave, Ganesh Cave, Bhim Bridge & origin of River Saraswati at Mana village the last village before the Tibetan border, later go to temple for holy Darshan/ Pooja & attend evening Arti.
Overnight at Badrinath.
Badrinath – Srinagar ( 190 Kms – 07/08 hrs. drive)
Early Morning Mahaabhishek Pooja (optional, which will be booked day before) after breakfast drive to Srinagar En-route Lunch & visiting Vishnuprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag & Rudraprayag. Reach Srinagar by late evening.
Overnight at Srinagar.
Srinagar – Haridwar ( 125 Kms – 05/06 hrs. drive)
After breakfast drive to Haridwar en-route visit Devprayag, (The Confluence of River Alaknanada & Bhagirathi) to become Ganga. Reach Haridwar in the afternoon, check in to hotel, after Breakfast visit Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi Temples & Evening attend Famous Ganga Arti at Har ki Pauri.
Overnight at Haridwar.
Post Lunch drop you at Railway station for onward journey.